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Director:
Writer:
Mike Hodges (written by)
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Release Date:
November 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Write it. Live it. But try not to be it. See more »
Plot:
A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Enterprising mix of thrills, intrigue and black comedy See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Mickey King

Mickey Rooney ... Preston Gilbert

Lionel Stander ... Ben Dinuccio

Lizabeth Scott ... Betty Cippola
Nadia Cassini ... Liz

Dennis Price ... The Englishman

Al Lettieri ... Miller
Leopoldo Trieste ... Marcovic
Amerigo Tot ... Partisan
Robert Sacchi ... The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini ... Typing Pool Manager
Joe Zammit Cordina ... The Beautiful Thing
Luciano Pigozzi ... Clairvoyant
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio ... 1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)
Cristina Gaioni ... 2nd Typist
Janet Agren ... Publisher's Receptionist
Irene Sophie Opperman ... Coach Hostess
Iver Gilborn ... Coach Tourist
Elaine Olcott ... Coach Tourist
Ave Ninchi ... Fat Chambermaid
Ermelinda De Felice ... Woman in Barber Shop
Werner Hasselmann ... Tourist in Restaurant (as Werner Hassleman)
Louise Lambert ... Tourist in Restaurant
Victor Mercieca ... Prince Cippola
Cettina Borg Olivier ... Gilbert's Mother
Anna Smith ... Old Woman in Bar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tondi Barr ... Gloria Swanson (uncredited)
Louis Caruana ... Toni (uncredited)
Mary Caruana ... Mae West (uncredited)
Anna Pace Donnella ... Jean Harlow (uncredited)
Cyrus Elias ... Guide (uncredited)
Jennifer Gauci ... Shirley Temple (uncredited)
Jeanne Lass ... Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
Giuseppe Mallia ... Cripple Outside Bar (uncredited)
Roy Marmara ... Mario (uncredited)
Kate Sullivan ... Joan Crawford (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Hodges 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Hodges  written by

Produced by
Michael Klinger .... producer
Michael Caine .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Martin 
 
Cinematography by
Ousama Rawi 
 
Film Editing by
John Glen 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Patrick Downing 
 
Art Direction by
Darrell Lass 
 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Mike Jones .... hair stylist
George Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Dryhurst .... assistant director
Graham Easton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Malcolm Stamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Horrocks .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing recordist (as Gerry Humphries)
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist
Richard Laughton .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ron Ballanger .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Jay .... still photographer
Dusty Miller .... camera operator
Martin Evans .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philippe Pickford .... wardrobe master
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Max Bell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Noel Rogers .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Martin .... conductor
 
Other crew
Claudio M. Cutry .... liaison: Italy
Joe De Blasio .... liaison: Italy
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
Tony Klinger .... liaison: London
Jean Lambdon .... unit publicist
Denton Scott .... production accountant
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Australia:M | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:PG
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Trivia:
The original title was "Memoirs of a Ghostwriter".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In his narration, Michael Caine claims that five people were in their graves, as a result of the proceedings of the movie, but there were actually six: Preston Gilbert; the singer at Preston's banquet; the accordionist at the banquet; the servant at the poolside shooting ("the projectionist," according to Nadia Cassini); the old Italian who directed Caine to the beach; and of course, Jack Miller.See more »
Quotes:
Mickey King:Then I read in The Guiness Book of Records about Erle Stanley Gardner, the world's fastest writer, who can dictate up to the rate of 10,000 words a day. That was for me. None of that romantic stuff with a typewriter. I had better uses for those two particular fingers.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Boys Town (1938)See more »
Soundtrack:
In a Quiet CornerSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Enterprising mix of thrills, intrigue and black comedy, 4 September 2003
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

A pulp novelist (Michael Caine) goes to Italy to ghost the autobiography of an old time Hollywood film gangster (Mickey Rooney), but maybe not everyone wants to see the book written?

One of these films that was under regarded upon release, but has more going for it than you might imagine. The real Italian locations and Caine's dry understated voice-over play well against the gags and situations. Rooney sends himself up something rotten as a George Raft style figure; and we keep on watching wanting to know how it all turns out.

While far short of a classic, I got dragged in and was very well entertained during its 90 minutes. However it's slow nature and lack of pyrotechnics might alienate the modern audience. Worth giving a go with if it is playing on late night TV, especially if you like a bit of black humour.

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